THURMONT, Md. (WJZ) — Police in Frederick County reported a fatal officer-involved shooting happened around 1:30 a.m. Monday morning.
Police responded to a call at that time from a man saying he was on Sandy Spring Lane in Thurmont and could see another man with a gun breaking into a residence through a back window, and was inside the house at the time.
The caller described the man and then the call ended, police responded to the area.
While en-route, information was received about the possible male suspect being suicidal and implicating suicide by cop. It was also stated the suspect had a gun on him.
It was then learned that the responding Thurmont Police Department officer had assisted the woman currently living at the address a few hours before in filing a protective order against a man.
Because of this, police believed the woman and children were inside the residence.
Upon arrival, officers approached the residence and encountered a man matching the description given coming from the backyard of the involved home. Police said they gave verbal commands to the man, at which time he said he had a gun on him.
The man was walking down the driveway toward Sandy Spring Lane, then turned and started to walk back toward the house.
Officers then saw the suspect holding a handgun. They gave additional commands for the suspect to put the gun down, however he refused and continued walking toward the residence.
A deputy from the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office discharged his patrol rifle one time and struck the man. Immediate first aid was given to the suspect and EMS was called to the residence, but the man was pronounced dead on scene.
Once the scene was secure, it was determined there was no one inside the home at the time of the incident.
The male suspect was later identified as Abraham Arellano, 26, of Thurmont.
Investigators were able to prove that Arellano was in fact the caller reporting a man fitting his description breaking into the residence with a gun.
Investigators then determined that Arellano had recently just moved from the address of the woman, due to ongoing domestic issues.
Just hours before the incident, the woman had applied for a protective order against Arellano.
The investigation into the shooting is still ongoing. The Sheriff’s deputy that fired the shot has been placed on administrative leave per standard agency policy.
No officers were injured in the shooting.